The Rev. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser 71, an...


The Rev. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser 71, an Emmy-winning Roman Catholic priest who produced movies and television shows with religious themes and created Hollywood's coveted Humanitas Prize, died Saturday night in Los Angeles, a spokeswoman said. The priest recently underwent surgery for colon cancer.

Father Kieser's work included the Raul Julia movie "Romero," about the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and "Insight," a daytime serial-with-a-moral that ran for 23 years and won six Emmys.

David Flusser, 83, whose research on Jesus and early Christianity's relationship to Judaism won him international recognition, died Friday, his birthday, in Jerusalem after a long battle with heart disease.

"Jesus," his much-translated book, was celebrated for presenting the Christian messiah in the context of his time.

Douglas T. Jacobson 74, who received the Medal of Honor as a Marine private for single-handedly storming enemy positions on Iwo Jima, resulting in the deaths of 75 Japanese soldiers, died Aug. 20 at a hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla. He had congestive heart failure and pneumonia, according to his wife, Joan.

George Christopher, 92, who as San Francisco's mayor persuaded the New York Giants baseball team to move to California, died Thursday in San Francisco.

The Republican served from 1956 through 1964. He gave new vitality to the financial district, enlarged the airport and presided over a building boom.

David Shallon, 49, an Israeli conductor and a one-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic who went on to lead orchestras around the world, died Friday in Tokyo after suffering an asthma attack. He was in Japan to conduct the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Valeriu Stelian, 47, a Romanian folk singer who inspired anti-communist protesters a decade ago, died of cancer Saturday in Bucharest, a family friend said.

Linda Grey, 54, whose company published Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's autobiography, died Aug. 30 in New York from complications of lung cancer. In her publishing career, she also worked with such celebrities as Lee Iacocca, Shirley MacLaine, Judith Krantz and Robert Ludlum.

Blake McKelvey, 97, the longest-serving historian in Rochester, N.Y., died Wednesday in Rochester. He was the city's assistant historian from 1936 to 1948 and city historian from 1948 to 1973.

Virgil H. Langtry, 88, one of the first judges appointed by Gov. Tom McCall to the newly created Oregon Court of Appeals, died Sept. 11 in Portland. For many years, Judge Langtry served as a temporary Oregon Supreme Court justice, helping to whittle a backlog of cases that had prompted legislators to create the appellate court.

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